Wildfires & Protecting Your Home

    Every summer in Utah we are riddled with the news of wildfires all throughout the state. A lot of wildfires take place in remote areas where the real estate consists of cabins and mountain homes. However, the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires in Utah County have produced frightening images of flames blazing near residential areas.

    –Photo courtesy of KSL.com

    The Powerhouse Team is here to help you find your perfect home, and also provide insights into protecting that home. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some steps you can take to make sure that your home is protected against the annual wildfires that Utah experiences.

    The following information has been provided as a courtesy of Be Ready Utah & Utah.gov.

    Think, Act in Zones Around Your Home

    Zone 1: The Home Ignition Zone: This is the area that includes your home and grounds immediately surrounding it, and is the most critical zone to maintain. Remove ember traps by screening all eave and other vents; cleaning out debris from under decks, and screen or enclose these areas.

    Move stacks of firewood away from the structure. Remove pine needles, leaves and other debris from rooftops and rain gutters. Trim weeds or other flammable vegetation, especially tree branches, back from touching or overhanging the structure.

    Zone 2: Defensible Space Zone: This circular area is a minimum of 30 feet from your house, and 100-feet or more on the downhill side if you live at the top of a slope. Remove dead and dying grass, shrubs and trees. Reduce the density of vegetation, by spacing plants apart, and remove ‘ladder’ fuels that could carry fire from the ground into the treetops. Replace flammable vegetation with fire-resistant plants, green lawn, or other low-growing ground covers.

    Zone 3: Fuel Reduction Zone: Remove undergrowth and thin out densely-crowded smaller trees to reduce fire intensity. Experts recommend keeping a minimum of 10 feet of space between trees and shrubs. Trim low-hanging branches of mature trees up to six to 10 feet off the ground.

    More information can be found here: https://www.utah.gov/beready/family/wildfires.html

    If you have further questions about your own property and the impact that wildfires can have on real estate, feel free to give Rod or Melody a call at 801-699-0525.

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